Military jet crashes leaving pilot dangling on high voltage line

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2019

A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed near the town of Lorient in northwestern France on Thursday, the Belgian Air Force said.

No injuries have been reported, but surrounding homes have been evacuated as emergency workers try to extract the suspended pilot safely.

No one on the ground was hurt.

One of the plane's wings sliced the roof and facade of a house in the town of Pluvigner, in Britanny, before plunging into a neighboring farm field, said Ludovic Kauffer, who lives in the house.

The Belga news agency reported the crash, citing the Defence Ministry and local French authorities.

The prefecture of Morbihan said in a statement: "The F-16 pilot and his co-pilot were able to eject before the crash". Another pilot landed safely after ejecting before the crash, according to local media outlets.

A member of the Belgian air force has been rescued from a French power line that his parachute became entangled in. "They were both located and are alive", the office of the state representative for the region said in a statement.

Local newspaper Le Telegramme showed images of the pilot hanging from the line, black smoke and flames rising from the area and a damaged house.

Belgian Defense spokesman Olivier Severin told the Belgian La Libre media outlet that a team from the Aviation Safety Directorate has already been dispatched to the crash site to investigate the incident.

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